Lifesaving Awards

Surf Life Saving NSW offers members a range of lifesaving awards. Some are required to perform certain roles within a club, and others are aimed at providing further development opportunities for our volunteers.

If you are a member of Surf Life Saving NSW and want to find out more about courses that are running in your area, please contact your club for more information.

Aquatic Rescue & Public Safety Awards

Surf Rescue Certificate (SRC)

Covers the knowledge of basic patrolling and surf awareness in order to be able to participate in basic lifesaving operations. This course is also the minimum water safety qualification for Junior Activity supervision.

Download the Surf Rescue Certificate overview (pdf, 246kb)

Radio Operator

Covers the skills and knowledge to perform basic communication practices.

Download the Radio Operators overview (pdf, 375kb)

Bronze Medallion / Certificate II in Public Safety (Aquatic Rescue)

Covers the knowledge of basic patrolling and surf awareness in order to be able to participate in lifesaving operations.

Download the Bronze Medallion overview (pdf, 260kb)

Silver Medallion Basic Beach Management

Covers the skills, knowledge and experience to manage a beach in emergency and non-emergency situations.

Download the Silver Medallion Basic Beach Management overview (pdf, 260kb)

Silver Medallion Aquatic Rescue

Covers the skills and knowledge to participate in search and rescue operations.

Download the Silver Medallion Aquatic Rescue overview (pdf, 260kb)

Gold Medallion

Covers advanced skills and knowledge to manage emergency situations in autonomous situations.

Download the Gold Medallion overview (pdf, 123kb)

Powercraft Awards

All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Operator Induction

ATV Operator Inductions are available for club members who are a minimum of 17 years of age, proficient in at least one SLSA Award and hold a current, valid NSW Driver License (provisional or above). If you are interested in participating in an ATV induction and you fulfil the requirements please contact your club’s Chief Training Officer.

Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) Crewperson

Covers with the skills and knowledge to effectively crew an IRB in surf rescue operations.

Download the IRB Crewperson overview (pdf, 85kb)

Silver Medallion Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) Driver

Covers the skills and knowledge to effectively drive and manage an IRB in surf rescue operations.

Download the IRB Driver overview (pdf, 102kb)

Rescue Water Craft (RWC) Operator

Covers the skills and knowledge to effectively drive and manage a Rescue Water Craft (RWC) in lifesaving operations.

Download the RWC Operator overview (pdf, 123kb)

First Aid Awards

Advanced Resuscitation Techniques

Develops skills and knowledge to use oxygen, airway management devices, and automated external defibrillators (AEDs) during resuscitation, and to administer oxygen to conscious or unconscious breathing causalities.

Download the Advanced Resuscitation Techniques overview (pdf, 249kb)

Apply (Senior) First Aid

Develops skills and knowledge to manage emergency first aid situations until professional medical support is available. This course is recognised by WorkCover NSW.

Download the Apply First Aid overview (pdf, 215kb)

Pain Management

Covers the skills and knowledge required to carry and administer Methoxyflurane.

Download the Pain Management overview (pdf, 246kb)

Spinal Management

Provides participants with the skills and knowledge to manage injured casualties with suspected spinal injuries in an aquatic environment and in emergency situations.

Download the Spinal Management overview (pdf, 220kb)